23. THE PARABLE OF THE HIDDEN TREASURE,
AND THE PARABLE OF THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE.
Matthew13:44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
During the Dark Ages, the treasure of the written Word of God had been hidden from most of mankind. By the end of the Dark Ages this great treasure of God’s written Word had been found and was now being printed in the languages of most Europeans. All over Europe men and women were willing to give all they had to have to own copy of the Bible, and many even paid with their lives.
Matthew7:6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
Matthew13:45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls. 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and brought it.”
Jesus Christ would win no prizes for political correctness. He refers to those strongly opposed to Godly values and Godly wisdom as dogs and swine, for they, like dogs and swine, do not appreciate things of Godly value and as for giving them pearls of God’s wisdom; more likely than not, they will trample those pearls of wisdom under their feet, and verbally or physically turn on you and tear you to pieces.
Pearls, speak to us the truths of God’s wisdom. The pearl of great price is the truth that salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by works.
Ephesians2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Once the people had their own personal copy of the Bible, they began to read and study God’s Word and they began to find pearls of God’s wisdom and truth. It was not too long before they found a pearl of great price, the truth that it is through faith in Jesus Christ we are saved and not by works. And, again, all over Europe, people were willing to sell all they had to keep this pearl of great price.
Written by Kenneth Allan Clark and printed and published by
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